30 Nov 2007

Mutiny suspects in Fiji again denied bail

4:03 pm on 30 November 2007

The 11 men charged in Fiji with one count of inciting mutiny and five counts each of conspiracy to murder key government figurers have been denied bail.

Justice Daniel Gounder ruled that the nature of the charges against the 11 is serious in that they allegedly planned to take human lives.

He said the fact that those allegedly involved in the plot are of high status does not any bearing on the bail application.

Justice Gounder said the allegations strike at the heart of law and order in Fiji at a time when public peace and stability are the utmost priority of the courts.

He said the issue of public interest and safety outweighed the personal liberty of the accused.

Justice Gounder remanded the men in custody with the magistrate's court to set a mention date for their case.

Among the accused are the paramount chief of Naitasiri, Ratu Inoke Takiveikata, his brother-in- law, Lt Col Jone Baledrokadroka, former MP Peceli Rinakama and former special forces soldiers.

They are accused of inciting mutiny and conspiracy to assassinate the interim prime minister, the interim attorney general, the interim finance minister and two senior military officers.